The Adidas Yeezy Powerphase line of shoes is among the models, released in 2017 from the iconic Kanye West line. The shoes have gone through a series of ups and downs, mostly ups though, selling like hotcakes upon their release. The model has received a lot of attention, but there are some interesting facts about it that not everyone hears about, so here are 10 things that you didn't know about the Adidas Yeezy Powerphase.
1. There's a secret to their comfort
In case you haven't tried a pair of Adidas Yeezy Powerphase shoes on, we must tell you that they're one of the most comfortable sneakers on the market today. This is no exaggeration. Even customers who were not total fans of the shoe remark about the soft leather upper. The secret to their amazing comfort is the thin and "buttery" texture of the leather that makes it supple and silky soft for a truly amazing feel against your foot. It's uncommonly thin and smooth.
2. The comfort feature has been its biggest complaint
The insanely popular Yeezy Powerphase is a highly desired shoe and there are fans out there who are willing to pay well above the suggested retail price for the privilege of ownership. Then there are those who have a big complaint about the leather upper that provides such wonderful softness. The fact that it's so thin and pliable, also makes it less durable than many other leather upper materials. Some wearers don't mind if as long as they get to wear them for a while, as long as they can pick up another pair. Others would rather spend their money on a more durable product that will last for a few years.
3. More people love the Yeezy Powerphase than those who don't
A recent poll was conducted to find out how many people were dissatisfied with the Powerphase and how many are happy with them. When the results were tallied there was just 28 percent of the respondents who had a complaint. The majority of 72 percent love the Yeezy Powerphase shoes. As with any product, it's not everyone's cup of tea, but those who love them are dyed in the wool enthusiasts and some own several pairs.
4. We know where the name "Yeezy" comes from
Leave it to Kanye to come up with a unique and catchy name for his sneaker line. We discovered that the name is actually a derivative of one of his short names which is "Ye." This is a trend in the hip-hop music scene and Kanye is a trendy guy, so it just makes sense, now that you know the origin.
5. The Powerphase is inspired by a 1980s model
The Adidas Powerphase "Calabasas-350v2 is actually an updated sneaker that takes its inspiration from a trainer that was made and distributed in the 1980s. This places it in an interesting category and if you get a sense of de ja Vu when wearing them, it may not be a coincidence. They bear the DNA from 20 years ago and this added feature makes them all the more valuable.
6. The Powerphase has received opposing reactions
The Powerphase has a simple aesthetic and a retro flavor, much like the other Yeezy's in Mr. West's line, but this member of the family has received the strongest question mark with the predominant query being, do they really live up to the hype and are they worth the price? Some do not feel that they are, but more are quite pleased with the release. It's hard to get around the fact that they're made with premium materials, even if they aren't quite as durable as some of the thicker uppers. They still offer excellence in quality and feel.
7. The Yeezy Powerphase craze is the result of a "perfect storm"
When asked if the Yeezy Powphase frenzy would fizzle out soon, the response from those in the business was an adamant, no! The popularity of the model is in part, fueled by the fact that Kanye West has a large and adoring fan base that eagerly anticipate the release of each new model. Those who like the way that they feel on their feet and their smart appearance are hooked and they've found their new favorite footwear. Putting these factors together means that the Yeezy Powerphase is likely to be around for a long time.
8. The highest sale price for Yeezy Powerphase topped the retail price by more than 10 times
It's absolutely true! Auction sites such as eBay and StockX are offering Kanye's Powerphase shoes for some high going prices. On eBay, four pairs have sold for $1,000 and at another site, the highest selling pair went for a whopping $1,400.
9. They hold up against Nike's Jordans
We all remember when Nike made a killing with the Michael Jordan collaborations. The basketball star and Nike offered high quality and unique collections that seems to just keep churning out new variants every year, but Adidas is stepping onto the scene with their new celebrity endorsement, and it looks like Kanye West and his new shoe line is able to hold their own against Jordan and his endorsement of the Nike shoes. It's nice to see competition in the athletic wear industry alive and well!
10. There are ten reasons to buy the Powerphase and only three reasons not to
Some reviewers say that they think the leather is too thin to be durable. They also worry that it will be hard to keep clean and that it will wear differently. One reviewer even said that a shoe from one set came with a wrinkly upper while the other was smooth. These are the three reasons why some recommend avoiding the sneaker. There are ten more reasons why you should buy. For the quality, they're affordable, the price is justifiable, they're lightweight, they're premium, they're in high demand, they have a clean style, they're trendy, the upper doesn't crease like some claim, they're comfortable and they're flexible.
Written by Dana Hanson
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